As I'm taking a more mindful approach to self care and mental health, I've gathered a few resources, tools, and tips and I want to share them with you! These are some things I've used to help elevate my own practice and I hope they can help you too.
If you have any tips, please share them in the comments below or shoot me an email! I'd love to get a conversation going around self care and mental health.
Self Care Resources + Tools.
There's a few little tools that have really helped me dive deep into what self care I need to be doing.
The first thing I recommend is making a health care vs. self care list. Everyone's list will be different, but this can help you make the distinction between things that are absolutely necessary (your health care) and things that are also really important to helping you thrive (your self care).
I've made a list and I keep it in my bullet journal so I'm reminded of it pretty often and so I can easily access it wherever I am. My health care includes sleep, nutrient dense and plant based food, mobility work, therapy, and exercise. These things are non negotiables that I know I need to function.
I'm still working on my self care, but so far I've got massage, facials, reading, and baths. These things help me relax, shut off, and they allow me to really thrive. It's a lot of beauty things, which may not be the case for everyone and that's totally okay! I'm also thinking of adding evening walks on there because I know that nature is so beneficial for my mental health.
What are your favourite tools and resources for self care?
Check In With Yourself.
Checking in with yourself is really important to learning about what self care practices work for you. I love plans and ways to track things because I'm able to gain more insight over a longer period of time.
I've recently started using the Level 10 Life, a tool that I learned about from Kara at Boho Berry. It's actually similar to something I've done with my therapist and I think it's really beneficial for taking a good look at how you're finding balance. There's different categories that you can essential rate yourself on, like friends and family, career, health, ect. I've made a tracker in my bullet journal that I will update at the end of each month. I've also made a few goals for each category for the upcoming month. It helps me figure out what I need to spend more time on and where I'm falling short, which can help me figure out the source of my anxiety or why I feel unhappy.
How do you check in with yourself to find out what's working and what isn't?
Bringing Mindfulness Into Your Environment.
This is really important for me and one of the ways I practice self care. I ensure that my environment is supportive, calm, and relaxing so when I get home I'm able to just relax. I have candles everywhere, incense and palo santo, essential oils, and lots of calming lighting. I keep everything clean and tidy. I also make sure we have tons of plants, lots of open windows, and cozy blankets. I spend most of my time at home so I want it to be a space where I'm comfortable and can recharge.
I hope these tools, resources, and tips have given you some inspiration to elevate your self care and better take care of you! If you have any tips please share them, I'd love to hear what you do!